RaveThe New York Times Book Review\"... Megan Abbott has put her spirit fingers to the task of writing the Great American Cheerleader Novel, and — stop scowling — it’s spectacular ... Dare Me... is subversive stuff. It’s \'Heathers\' meets \'Fight Club\' good. Abbott pulls it all off with a fresh, nervy voice, and a plot brimming with the jealousy and betrayal you’d expect from a bunch of teenage girls ... Abbott is unsentimental in her descriptions ... Abbott evokes cheerleading in all its sweaty, starving glory.\
MixedThe New York Times Book ReviewBarton knows how to ramp up tension, but when she leaves Jean to focus on the detective and the reporter, the story loses some steam. All three have secrets, and they all lie, but Jean is lying to herself, which makes her far more interesting.